Sightseeing & Activities

Niigata Shibata Local Attractions

The Onsen Ryokan Hot Spring Hotel Akebono is conveniently located in the city of Shibata in Northern Niigata and can be used as a hub to explore various sights and activities of the Niigata Area!

Points of Interest within walking distance of the Akebono Hot-Spring Hotel

Tsukioka Carillon Park – a local park with an interesting bell tower feature popular with couples.

Kura – local premium sake shop that sells various local sake.

Umami – a unique shop specializing in fermented flavoring and foods such as koji, miso, and more. Unique food items make perfect gifts!

Ashiyu  – a rest area with foot bath utilizing the hot spring waters of the Tsukioka Onsen Hot Springs.

Te-Yu –  location where Onsen hot springs were first discovered in Tsukioka.

Rice fields – see various stages of rice planting and harvesting in the surrounding rice patties and fields. (Seasonal)

Points of Interest accessible by driving or using public transit buses or trains

Seiro Town Self Pick Grape Farm – late August to Mid October. Fee for grapes picked

Shibata Castle – Built in the Kamakura period, this castle features a large moat and beautiful cherry blossom treas during the spring.  Original towers stonework, moat are almost 300 years old! Free

Ichishima Sake Brewery – in operation since the 1790’s – sake tasting – sake shop
English Website

Shimizuen – Beautiful Japanese Garden built during the 17th century.  Tea houses surround a pond. Each tea house has a spectacular and different view of the surrounding gardens.  Excellent place to view fall colors. Entrance fee

Ski resorts – Tainai Ski and Snowboard area and Ninohji Snow Park December to March

Tainai Flower Park – Fields of flowers in bloom from April-November. Entrance fee